A boiler failure at Premier Fitness has caused air temperatures in the building (inc. pool) to be lower than normal temperatures.
We fund one of only a few hydro pools in the country available for public use
We facilitate dozens of reading groups, bringing new friends together
Our volunteers gave 17,000 hours of support across the City last year
Over 18,500 people benefited from our specialist rehabilitation classes
30,000 people enjoyed our free Heritage Festival
Our library team brought stories to life with over 3,500 young readers across the City
4000 visitors joined us at our free Once upon a…" festival
We fund 11 community libraries across our City

Our senior leadership team

Peter Appleton
Chief Executive

Peter joined Vivacity in July 2018 bringing extensive senior management and leadership experience at both strategic and operational delivery level within the cultural and leisure sector. Peter has worked in numerous public, private and third sector organisations, providing executive management support including for City of Culture projects in Londonderry 2013 and Hull 2017.

Jon Marsden
Director of Sport and Healthy Living

Jon has spent his working life in Peterborough within the culture and leisure sector. During his time he has amassed extensive experience in managing public services as varied as sports facilities, parks and open spaces, landscape management, libraries, arts, tourism and heritage services. Jon also has extensive experience of planning and delivering major capital projects.

Richard Hunt
Director of Culture

Richard brings significant management experience within the libraries and culture sector, having moved to the role of Director of Culture in March 2016. Richard spent a number of years working with Vivacity in the Libraries and Archive services, as well as overseeing significant projects in libraries and museums.

Nick Bull
Director of Marketing

Nick brings a broad range of marketing, commercial and leadership skills to Vivacity having recently undertaken marketing consultancy roles within the charity and marketing technology sectors. Previous to this Nick ran a catering business in Cambridge for a number of years and has also worked as Marketing Director within financial services and sports following a lengthy spell playing rugby in France. 

Rowland Omamor
Commercial Director

Rowland has held senior commercial operations roles within the leisure and sports sectors, including Vibrant Partnerships (a trading name for Lee Valley Leisure Trust) and the Lee Valley Olympic White Water Centre. Rowland’s expertise is in service growth and commercial partnership development.

Our trustees

Stewart Francis
Chair

Stewart is an award winning broadcaster and Managing Director of Mid Anglia Radio Group PLC. Stewart launched three radio stations in the Peterborough area and was responsible for raising over a million pounds for local disability charities. Previously, Stewart was Chair of the regional Strategic Health Authority and has held a number of other executive management roles.

Ian Templeton

Ian has lived in Peterborough for more than 30 years. He has run businesses in the software and media sectors and has also served in various non-executive director roles and has also acted as a school governor and a trustee of a Kenyan children’s home.

Sarah Sewell

Sarah is a Financial Analyst within the Environment Agency, where she has worked within a number of financial roles for a number of years. Sarah brings a wealth of experience in Continuous Improvement, event planning and customer service.

David Bath

David has been influential in the growth of Peterborough since the 1970s. As Director of Marketing and Planning, David was responsible for the planning and development of Peterborough New Town. David has also served on the boards of Nene Park Trust, Minster Housing Association, Peterborough Sculpture Trust and the management committee for Peterborough Rugby Club.

Karen Oldale

Karen has lived in the Peterborough area for nearly 40 years and has worked within Peterborough City Council’s Housing Department and also as a primary school teacher. Karen led the successful campaign to have a community hydrotherapy pool in Peterborough, which culminated in the opening of the St George’s Hydrotherapy Pool, which Vivacity now runs.

Steve Allen

Steve is City Councillor for the Eye of Thorney and Newborough Ward and is also an advisor to the Council leader with special responsibilities for culture, leisure, sport, recreation and Peterborough City Centre. Steve has had a lifelong career in the entertainment and media industries as a successful concert, event and club promoter and radio presenter.

Theo Anderton

Theo is a solicitor at Sloan Plumb Wood LLP in Peterborough, where he specialises in construction law, and insolvency law. Theo has lived in Peterborough since 2000.

Shazia Bashir
Nigel Hards

Nigel moved to Peterborough in 1978 as part of the management team that opened Barclays Bank International in Midgate House. In 1979 he joined Thomas Cook where he remained for 20 years in a number of roles, ultimately becoming CEO.

Caroline Connaughton

Caroline was born and educated in Peterborough and for many years worked in radio sales locally and in London before launching her own advertising agency, Connaught Media in 1993. Caroline started The Job Show in 2013, which is now an award winning recruitment and careers event covering the UK.

June Bull

June was born in the Isle of Ely and educated locally with degrees from the University of East Anglia. She has over 35 years of experience as a public sector professional as a senior civil servant in Whitehall and as an EC/EU trade delegate to the Association of South East Asian Nations.

Matthew Dalton

Matthew is a director of his family business, Dalton Seeds, based in Eye. The business is the largest family owned combinable crop seed merchant in the country. Matthew holds a BA (Hons) in economics and an MBA.